Lauded by schools and music magazines, the percussion courses at Interact and Learn immerse pupils in world traditions and contemporary beats alike. Offerings range from downloadable mini-courses to group classes focusing on jazz and salsa rhythms. Both kids and adults can free their inner Ringo in drum kit lessons, while private, instrument-specific instruction narrows in on bongos and maracas.
Diets, traditional medicine, and exercise regimens all work best when people keep one thing in mind: Everyone?s body is different. Vitality Pilates Studio's instructors, some of whom boast more than a decade of experience, understand this basic truth, tailoring their teachings to individual bodies. They blend both traditional Pilates practice with newer teaching styles in introductory classes, private lessons, and multilevel training classes that may integrate apparatus and prop work. To accommodate those who want to dive into Pilates more extensively, they offer an instructor-training course.
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For the past eight years, Community Fitness has been motivated by the vision of people striving toward goals together while having fun enjoying music and movement. Lifelong dancers teach barre classes, pharmacists-cum-personal-trainers guide yoga sessions, and CrossFit?trained mothers of three lead BodyPump workouts.
Community Fitness' approach is balanced across three different studios, each with its own focus and to-the-point name, that combine to offer more than 100 classes per week. The Play studio offers movement and dance classes, the Power studio revolves around strength training, and the Flow studio takes a mind-body approach with gentler exercises such as yoga. Each studio creates a bright space equipped with sprung floors and high-tech light and sound.
There’s no way to be bored at Cooper’s Alehouse. From the seven televisions broadcasting sports to pool, darts, and a jukebox, the pub has all the necessary components to keep its guests entertained for hours. Selecting a draft beer can prove entertaining on its own, thanks to the constantly rotating lineup of craft brews available on tap. Guests can pair their brew selections with tasty pub grub such as barbecue-pork nachos, burgers, fish and chips, and loaded tater tots.
The wood-paneled Pub at Third Place, found below Third Place Books’ location in residential Ravenna, offers a cozy respite from rainy days. With plenty of microbrews on tap and an ample wine list, the casual spot pulls in local drinkers and anyone looking to stave off hunger with their pub fare – think pulled pork sandwiches and burgers – and Greek specialties, sourced from the Vios Café upstairs. That means diners can snack on everything from souvlaki to falafel sandwiches at the long, winding wooden bar, or sit with a pint and play a board game with friends. There are books available as well, of course, making the Pub at Third Place a cozy spot to tuck into a new page-turning novel or the day’s newspaper, while the rest of the neighborhood walks by.
A pair of restaurateurs opened Pair Food & Wine so they could pair local and organic food with local and imported wine. The meat and dairy on the seasonal menu comes from Washington farms, and the produce might even come straight from Pair's back garden, harvested by the tiny farmers who live behind the sidewalk planters. While the wine list is lengthy, the bar-food menu is short, containing just a snack-size handful of dishes. "But each one," wrote the Seattle Times in 2009, "falls in line with Pair's penchant for making simple dishes elegant."